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Personal Protective Equipment | Monthly bulletin | September 2019

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Thursday, September 5, 2019

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Europe

 

Harmonised standards for Personal Flotation Devices

 

On 18th July 2019, the European Commission published:

 

“Commission Implementing Decision (EU) 2019/1217 of 17 July 2019 on the harmonised standards for personal flotation devices — lifejackets drafted in support of Council Directive 89/686/EEC.”

 

The list of references of harmonised standards maintained with restriction in the Official Journal of the European Union are:

 

Reference

title

EN ISO 12402-4:2006

Personal flotation devices — Part 2: Lifejackets, performance level 275 — Safety requirements (ISO 12402-2:2006)

EN ISO 12402-2:2006/A1:2010

EN ISO 12402-3:2006

Personal flotation devices — Part 3: Lifejackets, performance level 150 — Safety requirements (ISO 12402-3:2006)

EN ISO 12402-3:2006/A1:2010

EN ISO 12402-4:2006

Personal flotation devices — Part 4: Lifejackets, performance level 100 — Safety requirements (ISO 12402-4:2006)

EN ISO 12402-4:2006/A1:2010

 

Notice: the references of harmonised standards listed in the Table are maintained in the Official Journal of the European Union with the following restriction:

 

a) Application of clauses 5.6.1.1, 5.6.1.2 and 5.6.1.4 of each of the standards do not confer a presumption of conformity with the basic health and safety requirement set out in point 1.1.1. of Annex II to Directive 89/686/EEC;
b) Application of clauses 5.3.2, 5.3.3, 5.6.1.3, 5.6.1.6 and 5.6.1.7 of each of the standards do not confer a presumption of conformity with the basic health and safety requirement set out in point 1.2.1. of Annex II to Directive 89/686/EEC;
c) Application of clauses 5.2, 5.3.1, 5.3.3, 5.3.4 and 5.6.2.5 of each of the standards do not confer a presumption of conformity with the basic health and safety requirement set out in point 3.4. of Annex II to Directive 89/686/EEC.

 

Standards updates

 

Below a summary table with some recent standards updates and upcoming dates of withdrawal (non-exhaustive):

 

(*) Date of withdrawal: latest date by which national standards conflicting with an EN (and HD for CENELEC) have to be withdrawn.

 

Reference

Title

Date of Withdrawal (*)

Supersedes

EN 13274-7:2019

Respiratory protective devices - Methods of test - Part 7: Determination of particle filter penetration

2019-12-31

EN 13274-7:2008

EN ISO 11393-5:2019

Protective clothing for users of hand-held chainsaws - Part 5: Performance requirements and test methods for protective gaiters (ISO 11393-5:2018)

2020-01-31

EN 381-9:1997
EN 381-8:1997

EN ISO 11393-6:2019

Protective clothing for users of hand-held chainsaws - Part 6: Performance requirements and test methods for upper body protectors (ISO 11393-6:2018)

2020-01-31

EN 381-11:2002
EN 381-10:2002

 

Product Recalls/Alerts

 

Below you will find a monthly summary of product recalls and alerts in Europe (Source “RAPEX”).

 

Europe

 

RAPEX (European Commission Rapid Alert System for dangerous non-food products – Alerts reported by EU national authorities).

 

The following 4 alerts regarding Personal Protective equipment have been reported, from week 29 until week 33 of 2019.

 

Type of Risk

Number of alerts

Notes

Chemical

3

Protective Gloves: Chromium (VI) in the leather is too high

Injuries

1

Protective vest for horse-riding: The vest does not properly protect the user in the event of a fall